sunshine cardigan

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First finished project of the year! :D

Made this from the Burnside Cardigan pattern by KT & the Squid. I have never used yellow in an entire sweater before. I love how it turns out so retro-looking. And I love the funnel neck! There was a huge sale for the Impeccable yarn at Michaels and it has a nice shade of yellow, so that was what I used.

I’d love to say that my super grainy over-exposed photos are intentional, to go with the retro sweater, but that’s really because the lighting is horrible on this very grey day and this is the best my phone could do. Oh well. It goes with the retro sweater! Almost looks like film doesn’t it? :D

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I modified the pattern a bit by adding the blue and grey stripes, the pockets, different front panels (rows of sc stitches running up and down instead of rib crocheted sideways) and button holes. I think I also made the sweater one size too small (XS — I should’ve made S). Usually sweaters I make from patterns turn out too big for me, so I went for the smallest size, but this pattern is very accurate with its sizing. So I had to widen the front button panels quite a bit.

I bought these retro-looking buttons from a nice Etsy seller.

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I posted a selfie of this sweater on Instagram. Mike thought if it’s not for my phone the picture could have looked like it’s from the 70’s, with our typewriter and stuff. So he replaced my phone with a record :D

Retro-sweater

I love the straightforward style of KT & the Squid. Recently bought another pattern to make a sweater for Mike (and another for myself later), will let you know when his is done :D

Here’s hoping for lots of sunshine for everyone this week!

 

caturday

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Painted some pet rocks one day. Magical sparkly cats! :D

The white one lives on my desk at work now, gifted the yellow one to my desk neighbour. Going to pick up more rocks from the beach when the weather gets warmer, and paint more cats :D

Also, finally visited the very first cat cafe in Toronto!

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As expected, the cats are mostly sleeping when we visited. But it’s still nice to hang out :)

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The Cat Cafe takes in cats from the Humane Society, and the cats can be adopted. These two are best buds and must be adopted together :)

In other news, I bought some reindeer moss the other day and made some terrarium necklaces for the shop. I thought they looked pretty nice. This one had some agate chips and lavender in it.

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Hope everyone’s having a good weekend! :D

 

 

make a toasty blanket!

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I made this fun blanket for a dear friend who’s having a baby. I thought it could serve as a warm blanket for the stroller and carrides, and maybe also as a floor blanket to roll around on. It also works as a cozy lap blanket for mom! :D

With the bulky yarn and giant hook, it’s a pretty quick project. The finished size is about 26“x30”.

What I used:
Bernat Blanket, 1 ball of “sand” and 1 ball of “taupe” (I had quite a lot of taupe left, probably enough to make 2 pairs of the slippers in this post)
Light yellow yarn for butter pat (I happen to have a chenille texture yarn that I got from the dollar store once, but any yellow yarn would do)
15 mm hook (for toast)
Appropriate size hook for butter pat (depending on the yarn you’re using)
6 mm hook (for facial details)
Tapestry needle

What I did:

With “sand” colour yarn, ch 31.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every ch across, turn (30 sc).

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in each sc across, turn.

Repeat row 2 until piece is about 22″ from beginning.

Bread top shaping:

Row 1: ch 1, 2 sc tog, sc in each sc across until 2 sc left in row, 2 sc tog, turn.

Row 2: repeat row 1 of bread top shaping.

Row 3: ch 1, 2 sc tog, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc tog, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, 2 sc tog twice, sc in each sc until 4 sc left in row, 2 sc tog twice, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, skip first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc tog, turn.

Row 6: ch 1, skip first sc, 3 sc tog, fasten off, weave in ends.

Attach yarn to middle of bread top shaping at row 3, repeat rows 3–6 for the other side of bread top.

Crust:

Attached “taupe” colour yarn to any stitch at the bottom edge of toast, ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc around toast evenly (1 sc in each sc at bottom edge and bread top, 1 sc in each row-end on the sides, making 2 sc in each corner, and making 3 sc tog in the middle of bread top where it dips in), sl st in first sc to finish round.

Crochet 2 more times around toast, fasten off, weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2, or more, to make a multi-eyed monster toast):

With “taupe”, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st in first hdc to complete round, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Smile:

With “taupe” and 6 mm hook, ch 9, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Butter pat:

Crochet a rectangle about 3“x4”. Number of stitches and rows will depend on the yarn you use. When fastening off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Assembly:

Sew eyes, smile and butter pat onto toast with tapestry needle. When sewing on butter pat, I tucked in bits of the bottom edge so it looks like it’s melting.

And here’s Mr. Toast relaxing before going to his new home :)

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Stay toasty, everyone! :D

this week’s awesome finds

Super cool pom pom solar system. Tutorial shows you how to make all the planets, including the ring around Saturn and the red spot in Jupiter :D From We Are Scout.

Simple and sweet place card holder with an origami star. From here.

Tutorial to make your own (live and growing!) Hobbit garden. From Envato Tuts+.

Seashell candles, made with a couple of tealights. From DIY Louisville.

Not something I have the skills to make, but so pretty, and the patterns are free, from Knit Picks.

Take framed wall-hanging photos one step further — make pop up photos! From Photojojo.

Have a great week, everyone! :D

more Christmas crafting fun!

We spent the new year with my family, the gift-opening continues! :D

I finger-knitted my sister a headband in a colour that I thought she’d like (kind of purple sunset-sky-like), with this tutorial I wrote :)

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And using the same finger-knitting method, I made a neck warmer for my mom. Just made it wider than the headband, but it’s the same length. The double-thick fabric made by finger-knitting makes it very, very warm. She demonstrated wearing it as a headband too, as well as a Smurf-style hat :P

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And in the air was the aroma of the scented candle I got for my dad. He likes scented candles :D

And for me! :D I got an assortment of seaweed and SQUID FLOSS!! From Mike, who knows me so well! :D I love squid floss. I got more squid floss from my parents :D

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And I got The Little World of Liz Climo from my sister. If you haven’t checked out her work before, I highly recommend taking a look at her Tumblr — it is hilarious and adorable, especially if you like cute talking animals, it will totally brighten up your day :D

And a gift from my mom — a new year haircut! :D

 

I’m the luckiest daughter. My mom’s always cut my hair. She took classes when I was very young. I’ve never been to a hair salon in my life until a few years ago. Partly because of convenience (it was a long commute to my parents’), partly because I know how tiring it is to cut someone’s hair (because I’ve tried cutting Mike’s hair :S), and partly because I wanted a pretty extreme asymmetrical cut at the time (like nearly shaved on one side) and I wasn’t sure if she’d be willing to do it, I’ve been going to a hair salon for the last while. But since I was home and my mom wasn’t busy I asked if she could cut my hair. I still like the idea of an asymmetrical haircut, but I thought I’d go for a more subtle look this time, a bit less dramatic for the workplace.

My mom never disappoints! :)

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I’m very pleased with it, now I’m all ready for 2016! :D

(actually, I’d like another week of holiday, or better yet, this holiday week just magically loops on over and over again, just thinking about all the challenges that haven’t resolved before going into the holidays.

But holidays always end, and challenges will always be there, no matter where we go, or what we do, and maybe the way to deal with them is not to wish that they’re not there, but to “turn towards” them (in the words of one of my teachers) in faith, that things will work out one way or another, and that I’m never alone in dealing with them.)

And so for the new year, and the winter months ahead, I thought it’d be fitting to share this with you :D

(original post here)

Happy new year, everyone! :D *tosses glitter*